President Cyril Rampahosa lost his cool in Parliament on Tuesday, which led to him telling the Democratic Alliance's Chief Whip to shut up.
The South African head of state is usually one of the few politicians in the country that remains calm in parliament, but after the DA's Steenhuisen pressed the wrong buttons he finally snapped.
Ramaphosa was speaking about different countries that could be viewed as examples for land reform, however he cut himself off to tell the house he wanted Steenhuisen to be quiet before telling him to his face to shut up.
Parliament chair chair Cedric Frolick told the president to retract his comment and Ramaphosa complied, but it appears the head of state just wanted to swipe at Steenhuisen, even if he would have to retract the statement later.
Steenhuisen has since the incident taken to social media to tell Ramaphosa to 'toughen up' in Parliament’s “robust environment”.
"When a President loses his cool in Parliament you should worry. Its a robust environment, if the President cannot navigate it deftly then he is going to have a tough time. CR needs to develop a thicker skin, this is Parliament, not a board meeting or the NEC:, Steenhuisen wrote on Twitter.
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